In 2015 Green Mountain College was awarded $125,000 by the Vermont Genetics Network to create a Biomedical Research Complex. This grant was matched by an additional $100,000 in funding from several major gifts from alumni, the Class of 1966 50th Reunion Class Gift and other small awards.
The Biomedical Research Complex will support and promote faculty and undergraduate biomedical research. Located on the ground floor of Ackley Hall, adjacent to the chemistry laboratory, the Complex will become a hub of active research that will allow students and faculty to collaboratively develop new projects and experiments and discuss and analyze data from ongoing research in a think tank, and to carry out experiments in two adjacent, complementary research laboratories. The think tank is an engaging and inviting, appropriately furnished space equipped with computers and white boards.
Two new laboratory spaces will provide an environment for undergraduates and faculty to conduct experiments: (i) an instrumentation laboratory will be equipped with state-of-the-art analytical equipment; (ii) a biology wet lab will be used for sample preparation and experimentation (the room pictured in the photos). The Complex will directly impact the number of students who can engage in research and, very importantly, the quality of their experiences. These upgrades to our facilities will improve a total of 1,606 square feet of space designated for biomedical research for faculty and students.